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Headache Therapy Rogers, AR

Do you commonly experience headaches in the morning? If you wake up with headaches, it may indicate a more complex dental health concern. If you usually wake up with headaches, let our dentist know. Reoccurring headaches are often a symptom of issues such as bruxism, TMJ disorders, or sleep apnea. Dr. Heather Adams can provide a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve chronic headaches in Rogers, AR.

At each dental exam, Dr. Adams thoroughly analyzes the bite and evaluates jaw alignment. She examines the function of the bite to help find solutions for relieving painful symptoms and preventing damage to the teeth and gums. Our Rogers, AR, dentist office uses a unique consultative approach to afford patients the best dental care possible. We offer solutions for complex dental concerns in a comfortable and supportive environment.

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Headaches and Your Oral Health in Rogers, AR

If you suffer from chronic headaches, dental problems could be the cause. TMJ, bruxism, and sleep apnea are all common oral health issues that can cause symptoms linked to headaches. Our office will work with you to find the specific cause of your headaches and the best solution. Learn more about common causes of headaches and treatments for headache-causing dental problems below:

TMJ Disorders

Jaw joint misalignment or malfunction causes a painful bite disorder known as a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMJ disorders can occur due to the TMJ, or joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. An injury or stress to these joints can lead to a bite disorder. TMJ disorders create added stress or tension to the complex system of muscles and nerves in the jaw.

Headaches are often associated with jaw joint stress. Treatment and TMJ therapy can address the alignment of the bite and related muscle tension. Biting and chewing with crooked or misaligned teeth can increase tension in the teeth and jaw that spreads throughout the face and head. TMJ treatment can reduce painful, frequent tension headaches.

Oral appliance therapy, physical therapy, and some medications can treat TMD. Lifestyle changes like improved posture and stress-relieving techniques can prevent TMJ flare-ups and chronic headaches. Heat compresses and a soft diet can also reduce headaches and jaw pain during these flare-ups.


Teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism is a common cause of morning headaches. Patients often grind their teeth unknowingly during sleep. Continual grinding causes stress on the jaw and facial muscles. Muscle strain and stress contribute to tension headaches.

If you habitually grind your teeth, you may also experience broken or worn teeth. Tooth damage can worsen your bite function and increase facial pain.

We can prevent teeth grinding with a custom oral sleep appliance. The appliance is customized to cover the upper or lower teeth. Like a mouthguard, an oral appliance protects worn teeth, stopping further damage and orofacial (mouth and face) pain.

Once your bruxism is under control, we can restore your affected teeth. Dental crowns or tooth bonding can cover chipped, weakened, and worn teeth.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when soft tissues collapse at the back of the throat. These tissues block the airway during sleep, cutting off the normal oxygen flow. If you have OSA, you may often wake to gasp for air. This repeated oxygen deprivation can cause headaches when you first wake up.

This type of headache can feel different than others. Headaches from sleep apnea can feel like pressure on both sides of the head.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you may also experience these symptoms in addition to headaches:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • Snoring
  • Mood swings

Oral sleep appliance therapy may allow you to breathe normally while you sleep to prevent various related health issues. A custom-fit appliance opens the airways so you can sleep safely and comfortably. Treating sleep apnea can reduce the occurrence of headaches and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Are All Headaches a Dental Problem?

No, not all headaches are a dental problem. High blood pressure, damaged nerves, and infections are connected to headaches. It’s best to see a doctor first if you have headaches that you suspect arise from medical problems. However, if you notice symptoms connected to your teeth, jaw, or upper airway, you will need dental treatment to address your headaches.

Our office provides non-invasive treatment for headaches in Rogers, AR. If you suspect you have headaches due to a dental problem, you can visit Dr. Adams for an exam and consultation. Dr. Adams will examine your bite, jaw joints, and airway. She will take dental X-rays and consider your symptoms to find the best treatment to relieve your headaches.

Headaches FAQs

Learn more about treating headaches at the dentist with answers to these common questions:

Can a dentist help with headaches?

A dentist can help treat headaches. However, it will depend on why you have them. There are many reasons for a person to experience headaches. Dr. Adams can provide a custom-fit oral appliance if you suffer from TMJ problems, bruxism (teeth grinding), or sleep apnea. This treatment can help control the symptoms stemming from these conditions.

What else can I do to relieve my headaches caused by dental problems?

While seeking dental treatment for these types of headaches is the best solution, there are also additional things you can do to ensure your comfort. Most of them include simply taking better care of your overall health. Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water, limit or eliminate alcohol use, exercise regularly, and improve your posture.

Who should I see first if I am experiencing frequent headaches?

First, visit your primary care physician. You must ensure no serious medical condition is causing tension headaches or migraines. Your PCP may run various tests to rule out significant complications.

Then, once this has been done, we recommend visiting Dr. Adams for a full mouth assessment. She will see if teeth grinding, TMJ, or sleep apnea are to blame for your headaches.

Treat Headaches in Our Rogers, AR, Office

Prevent reoccurring headaches, jaw pain, and other painful symptoms by calling Dr. Adams at (479) 431-4212. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Adams using our online form.

Your health is our top priority. At your next visit, inform Dr. Adams if you have any questions regarding your specific symptoms or dental needs.